Bangor to Aberystwyth Bike Ride
This 107 mile ride took place in May 2010 and took 10 hours to complete. The ride raised over £100 for the Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice.
Back in 2010 there was a lot of encouragement to forge closer relationships between Universities.
To get into the spirit of closer links discussions occurred to undertake a cycle ride from Bangor University to Aberystwyth University. I signed up for the 2010 ride. Since then other rides have occurred in 2013 and 2014. I always dislike being 1st, and this was yet another example of drawing the first (and short) straw. Our bike ride was to involve 10 cyclists who would each aim to get £100 in sponsorship monies.
Bangor University employs over 2000 staff so it was not difficult to secure the required £100 sponsorship. With 9 other people doing the same, our combined effort could so easily raise a useful £1000 for the Ty Gobaith children
The big day arrived and guess what, 9 people had dropped out and I was on my own. ‘Sod them’ I thought, and went for it. The first leg of my journey went through the village of Felinhelli and uphill to Waunfawr before skirting around Mt Snowdon and onwards to Beddgelert where I enjoyed a Rum and Raisin ice cream.
Arriving in Harlech the 1st leg of my journey was over. Having cycled some 38 miles in just under 4 hours I stayed for a cup of tea before setting of to Aberystwyth via Barmouth and over the railway bridge to Fairbourne.
I then followed the coast road to Machynlleth.From here the A487 leads to Aberystwyth some 20 miles away. For the faster cyclists this would take roughly 90 minutes along a reasonably good road. For me the speed and volume of passing traffic with their accompanying fumes was not a pleasant cycling route. I decided to take a detour off the A487 to continue my journey via Borth
For many years the seaside resort of Borth has been a very popular destination for countless holiday makers. The place has a unique charm. With bracing off shore breezes, a golf course, restaurants and pitches for caravans and campers it can become very busy during summer months. My trip was between the early and late bank holidays in May, so it was quieter and generally traffic free compared to the lorries and cars that had got on my nerves when following their exhaust fumes on the A487. At Borth and enjoyed a double ’99’ vanilla cornet for just £2. I must remember to go back for another one.
Despite being refuelled and rested, the hill climb out of Borth back to the A487 was too much for me and I have no shame in admitting that I had to push the bike up a steep and bendy lane, at the top of which was a strategically placed cemetery – an ideal resting place for the exhausted cyclist.
Having reached my destination there was nothing else to do other than go back home to Harlech. The total distance travelled in 10 hours was 107 miles.
On the way back home I was wondering whether there would be a hero’s welcome waiting for me and then had second thoughts – a banner strewn across the front of our home would be over-the-top, yet I wondered whether a warm bath would be waiting for nice relaxing soak. But that would be spoiling me so instead I simply yearned for a mug of tea and a chocolate digestive biscuit. Arriving home for my ‘just deserves’ I was greeted with a shopping list and told to get some food in for the weekend
– oh well, ‘ mustn’t grumble’.